The lovely Agnes, who I used to work with at the very beautiful Rose & Co in Leeds, many moons ago, asked if I’d like to do a guest blog swap. We’re going for a top 5 theme, so here’s Agnes’s Top 5 Afternoon Teas in London, I’ll have to try them out myself and will let you know if she’s right or not!Â
Hello hello. Jayne has very generously asked me to scribble down a few of my favourite places for afternoon tea in London for you lovely readers to peruse (and potentially disagree with). So here are my top 5 baked goods and hot liquid servers in the capital:
Of Course. Because you have to really don’t you? The best place in the world for macaroons, and a good spot for an afternoon tea. Whichever shop you plump for (my favourite is the one in the Burlington Arcade), the inside is like a chocolate shop, beautiful colours and gold. Just make sure you buy a box to take home – the mint green box is legendary.Â 71-72 Burlington Arcade, LondonÂ W1J 0QX
2. The Goring Hotel.
For those of you that like a really classic afternoon tea with scones, little sandwiches cut into triangles, the works, The Goring is an excellent spot. The staff are lovely and notoriously discreet, so you’re bound to spot a few illicit liasons going on in the corners. Also, if you are a Royalist, or just a bit curious about K. Mid (how DOES her hair look so fabulous? All the time?), this is where she spent her last night as a single lady. You too can stand on the doorstep and pretend you’re wearing McQueen. Or just enjoy the fantastic choice of tea and scones.Â 15 Beeston PlaceÂ London SW1W 0JW
3.The Parlour at Sketch.
A bit of a trendy one here for you – Sketch is just sooo cool. They do a fantastic full afternoon tea which you can opt to have with added fizz and go for the champagne version if you aren’t going to be returning to work or operating heavy machinery afterwards. Or a simple scones and tea option. And as it’s in the heart of Soho, this is a perfect place to nip into when you’ve had a bit too much of smoggy London or shopping. It also has some of the best loos in London – not necessarily what you may be looking for in an afternoon tea destination, but honestly, you haven’t seen Sketch’s loos. Worth a visit on their own account. 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
4. Fortnum and Mason’s Ice Cream Parlour.
Fortnum’s is another classic stop if you are after real,Â English,Â tea. But the Parlour has a bit of a twist – it’s not at all stuffy, and it serves good ice cream. Which some people want for tea (who are we to judge?). And, sshhhhh, they also serve very good coffee. But if I were you, I’d go for the welsh rarebit and a pot of earl grey. Just saying.
5. Maison Bertaux.
This is my personal favourite – but it is quite divisive. My dad used to take me here when I was little and I have very fond memories of the place. It’s bohemian and rackety, so if you want high glamour then I’d recommend somewhere else. But the cakes are amazing, and it is a soho institution. And amazing for gossip – last time I was there some luvvies were discussing a famous brit actress who is actually a lesbian. GASP. 28 Greek StreetÂ London W1D 5DQ